D'Arcy from Winnipeg
Solution Architecture, Business & Entrepreneurship, Microsoft, and Adoption

September 2009 Entries

A Call For A Canadian Boycott on Snickers and All Mars Products!

I was watching the NFL pre-game shows when an amusing Snickers commercial came on. Adam Vinatieri from the Indianapolis Colts was practicing his punting. He kicks the ball, and a few moments later a satellite crashes from the sky. But then I noticed something on the satellite… So here’s what we can determine from this commercial: Canadian satellites are made of Heineken beer kegs. Seriously, that is the saddest looking “satellite” ever. This commercial was actually a final FU from the Colts to Mike ......

Coming To A Western Canada City Near You!

I’ve got a few speaking gigs coming up that I’m pretty pumped about, also making for a busy Fall/Winter. Edmonton Code Camp – September 18 Finally I make my way to Edmonton! I’ll be doing two sessions on Silverlight development in the afternoon. These won’t be your typical video-in-a-button-spinning talks; instead I’ll be talking about how Silverlight as a technology works: what it can do, what it can’t do, its strengths and its deficiencies. We’ll also look at patterns and architecture for creating ......

SDEC09 – Updated Sessions and Student Pricing

We’re less than a month away from the Software Development and Evolution conference, and I wanted to send an update on a few things. Student Pricing If you’re a college and university student, we want to make it affordable for you to come out so we’re offering a $75 student rate starting today! Be advised that if you register under the student rate, you must present valid college or university issued identification when you arrive at the event. Visit the event website for more info, or go straight ......

Silverlight 3 Enabling Out of Browser Mode – You’re Doing It Wrong

If you do a search for enabling out of browser mode, you’ll come across blog entries suggesting to tell you to add something like this in your AppManifest.xml file: You may be getting an error when you try to run this saying that… Unknown Element: Deployment.ApplicationIdentity Because Silverlight evolves so quickly, sometimes info online can become outdated. It turns out that in the release version of Silverlight 3 the above solution is obsolete. To enable OOB mode, here’s what you do: Go to your ......

What You Need To Know About IsolatedStorageSettings

I’m putting together some demos for an upcoming Silverlight talk I’m giving, and one of the topics is on Isolated Storage. For those not aware, Isolated Storage is the small sandboxed area of the users computer that a Silverlight application can write to and read from. You can access this space through reader and writer objects, but that might be overkill if you just need to set some values. In that case, the IsolatedStorageSettings class is your friend. This class lets you treat storing values for ......

Silverlight Resources

I’ve talked to people recently who asked me for Silverlight resources. I thought I’d post what I relayed to them so its available to anyone else looking. Website While it might go without saying, http://silverlight.net is a great resource for tutorials, samples, and forums. Books I did some book reviews that you can read at the links below. I recommend these three books to everyone as a core Silverlight library: Pro Silverlight 2 in C# 2008 and Data-Driven Services in Silverlight 2 Reviews Foundation ......

Winnipeg SharePoint User Group September Event

The Winnipeg SharePoint UG is back for another year of events and presentations! This Month: Enhancing Connected SharePoint Lists in Outlook 2007 Eric Legault, Microsoft Outlook MVP It's really easy to link an Events, Contacts or Tasks list in WSS to Outlook 2007. But what if you had custom list fields or list views? These elements are not supported! But by using Visual Studio Tools for Office to build an Outlook COM Add-In consuming SharePoint Web Services, you can easily design a custom Form Region ......